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Security ministry wants extra $US4 million to counter 'misinformation' about Papua
Kompas.com – September 5, 2018
Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Wiranto is proposing an additional budget of 60 billion rupiah to fund diplomatic efforts related to the Papua problem.

LBH welcomes reopening of Munir case, but urges release of fact finding report first
Kumparan News – September 4, 2018
Indonesian police chief General Tito Karnavian has instructed Criminal Investigation Bureau chief Inspector General Arief Sulistyanto to reopen the investigation into the assassination of human rights activist Munir who was poisoned in September 2004.

Aceh regency enforces curfew on women, prohibits employment of trans women in cafes
Detik News – September 4, 2018
Bireuen regent Saifannur has issued a new regulation on the "standardisation" of coffee shops, cafes and restaurants in the regency in accordance with Sharia law.

45 arrested in Jayapura at rally calling on PIF to raise West Papua case with UN
Tabloid Jubi – September 4, 2018
Police have arrested scores of protesters at a demonstration organised by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) as they were gathering at Sentani Post 7 in Jayapura.

14 arrested in Jayapura protest against Freeport, militarism in Papua
Suara Papua – September 3, 2018
This morning, on Monday September 3, 14 participants of a peaceful action organized by the Papuan People's Democratic Movement (Garda Papua) were arrested by police.

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Vanuatu questions West Papua arrests at UN meeting
Radio New Zealand International – September 17, 2018
Vanuatu has raised the issue of a West Papuan and a Polish citizen charged with treason in Indonesia at the United Nations. In connection with Jakub Skrzypski's case, a 29-year old West Papuan student, Simon Magal, was arrested several days later in Timika.

Prabowo pledges to let Rizieq Shihab return safely to Indonesia if he wins election
Coconuts Jakarta – September 17, 2018
Hope that divisive religious issues will not play a major role in Indonesia's 2019 presidential election is dimming after opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto signed an "integrity pact" from a Islamic hardliner political group promising he would protect their interests should he win in April.

Prabowo-Sandiaga signs pact with GNPF, promises to uphold religious values
Jakarta Post – September 17, 2018
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto signed on Sunday an "integrity pact" with ulemas and Muslim activists united under the GNPF with several promises including to uphold religious values, paying attention to "religious people's interests", protecting the nation's resources and guaranteeing the return of cleric Rizieq Shihab.

Rizieq suggests campaign in mosque, Sandiaga: We follow rules
Tempo – September 17, 2018
Sandiaga Uno, a future vice presidential candidate, pledged to follow the rules and conditions regarding the campaign for 2019 presidential election. According to Sandiaga, the technical matter for the campaign had been regulated.

Zulkifli behind move to defeat Ahok: Prabowo
Jakarta Post – September 17, 2018
National Mandate Party (PAN) chairman Zulkifli Hasan was the brains behind the strategy to defeat then-Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama in the 2017 gubernatorial election, presidential candidate and Gerindra Party head Prabowo Subianto said.

Papuan human rights context, Jokowi considered no different from Prabowo
Tabloid JUBI – September 16, 2018
The current president of Indonesia Joko Widodo is considered to be no different from Prabowo in Human Rights violations in Papua.

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Indonesia: Polish citizen and indigenous Papuans arrested and detained by police
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal – September 11, 2018
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the local network in Jayawijaya Regency, Papua, regarding the arrest and detention of one Polish tourist and other indigenous Papuans.

Papuan activist charged for posting Facebook video
Amnesty International Urgent Action – September 7, 2018
A peaceful pro-independence Papuan activist, Agustinus Yolemal, was detained and charged for posting a video on Facebook. He was charged with "disseminating hostility against the state ideology" under the Law on Electronic Information and Transaction.

Call for immediate release of Simon Magal and Jakub Skrzypski
Joint Statement – September 8, 2018
TAPOL and the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) call for immediate release of Simon Carlos Magal and Jakub Fabian Skrzypski. In the event that Mr. Skrzypski is prosecuted, we call on all representative parties to ensure that he is afforded a fair trial.

AWPA calls on PIF leaders to condemn the arrest of 80 West Papuan activists
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release – September 4, 2018
AWPA calls on the Pacific Islands Forum leaders to condemn the arrest of 80 West Papuan activists by the Indonesian security forces.

Condemning the clampdown on freedom of expression in Indonesia
Tapol Statement – September 4, 2018
A total of 79 protesters from the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) were arrested for engaging in a non-violent protest in Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia, on Tuesday, 4 September 2018.

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Indonesia: Trade unions' initiative to create alternative political force in Indonesia
ISEAS Perspectives – August 10, 2018
Five trade union confederations organised a conference in April 2018 that brought together like-minded progressive trade unions, non-government organisations, student activists and political groups, to push for an alternative political force which would be independent of the two major power blocs led by President Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto.

Indonesia: How corrupt elections fuel the sell-off of Indonesia's natural resources
Mongabay – June 7, 2018
In June this year, elections will take place in 171 districts, provinces and municipalities across Indonesia. On paper, millions of citizens in the world's third-largest democracy will be afforded the right to select leaders with extensive powers over their everyday lives.

Indonesia: Democracy in Indonesia: A progress report
The Foreign Service Journal – May 1, 2018
With a population of more than 260 million and an economy that ranks tenth in the world, Indonesia appears destined to be one of the major international players of the 21st century.

Indonesia: Indonesian domestic helpers on sex abuse, slavery-like conditions they endure working overseas
The Star Online – April 8, 2018
Ernawati made great sacrifices for the well-being of her family. She was married at 14 to a man six years her senior and became the breadwinner two years later, when she first travelled to Saudi Arabia, to work as a domestic helper.

Indonesia: The Muslim Cyber Army: what is it and what does it want?
Indonesia at Melbourne – March 20, 2018
On 1 March, the Indonesian National Police announced the arrest of 14 members of the so-called Muslim Cyber Army (MCA) network for defamation, spreading hoax news and hate speech. Although the name might be familiar to most social media and internet users in Indonesia, it remains a nebulous and poorly understood network.

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No surprises, but Aung San Suu Kyi shocks with comments on Rohingya
Sydney Morning Herald – September 15, 2018
When Aung San Suu Kyi broke her silence with even-handed indifference about the Rohingya genocide and the jailing of two reporters in Myanmar on Thursday, there were few surprises.

Ex-graft convicts may contest election: Court
Jakarta Post – September 14, 2018
The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of former corruption convicts challenging the General Elections Commission (KPU) regulation that bans them from contesting the 2019 legislative election.

Thai junta charges four with sedition over T-shirts
Agence France Presse – September 14, 2018
Thailand's military has charged four people with sedition after seizing T-shirts allegedly promoting republicanism, a legal aid group said Friday, the latest crackdown on political activism as the kingdom prepares for long-delayed elections.

As Witness K trial opens, questions over how much of spy case to keep secret from public
The Conversation – September 13, 2018
The first step in the trial of the former Australian spy known only as Witness K and his lawyer Bernard Collaery has taken place in the ACT Magistrates Court.

Witness K case: Labor pressured to promise to drop prosecution of spy and lawyer
The Guardian – September 13, 2018
Minor parties and independents have called on Labor to promise to drop the prosecution of former spy Witness K and his lawyer, Bernard Collaery, for blowing the whistle on Australia's spying on Timor-Leste.

Amnesty International demands Jokowi's promise on human rights
Tempo – September 13, 2018
Human rights organization Amnesty International Indonesia demanded President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to fulfill his promises to resolve the alleged violation of human rights in Papua.

Kanaks urged by West Papuan body to vote for independence
Radio New Zealand International – September 14, 2018
The West Papua National Committee has urged New Caledonia's indigenous Melanesians to vote for independence during the upcoming referendum.

Police: Papua will receive special attention during election
Tempo – September 13, 2018
Chief of the National Police General Tito Karnavian said that Papua remains as one of the regions which will receive special attention during the 2019 Presidential Election.

Health workers offering rubella vaccine threatened with machetes by parents
Coconuts Jakarta – September 13, 2018
The Indonesian government is currently undertaking a massive nationwide drive to administer the measles-rubella (MR) vaccine to 32 million children across the archipelago.

Half of arrested Malang councillors seeking reelection: KPU
Jakarta Post – September 12, 2018
Around half of the Malang Council members who have been named graft suspects are seeking reelection as legislative candidates next year, according to the General Elections Commission (KPU).

East Timor spy charges against Bernard Colleary and Witness K reach court in Canberra
ABC News – September 12, 2018
The case of two men charged with revealing that the Australian Government bugged the highest levels of the East Timorese Government has been heard in court for the first time in Canberra, amid calls for the charges to be dropped.

Witness K scandal: Case makes first appearance in court
Brisbane Times – September 12, 2018
Lawyers for a Canberra barrister accused of breaching national intelligence laws told a court on Wednesday that they want as much of the trial to take place in open court as possible.

Acquitted rape victim begins school as prosecution appeal looms
Jakarta Post – September 11, 2018
Monday was a special day for WA, the 15-year-old girl acquitted by the Jambi High Court of an abortion charge on Aug. 27.

Dogs and cats blow-torched alive at Indonesia 'extreme' market despite promised ban
ABC News – September 11, 2018
Animal rights activists have urged the Indonesian Government to keep its promise to ban the brutal dog and cat meat trades, after shocking new footage emerged of the animals being bludgeoned over the head and blow-torched while still alive.

Widodo turns inward as rupiah slides and election looms
Nikkei Asian Review – September 11, 2018
Indonesia's opposition is attacking President Joko Widodo where it hurts ahead of next April's general election.

Bawaslu allows 34 graft convicts to run in 2019 including 5 from Prabowo's Gerindra
Coconuts Jakarta – September 10, 2018
While all political parties say that they are committed to fighting corruption, many have shown exactly how much their anti-corruption pledges mean by nominating one or several candidates for next year's elections that had previously been convicted of corruption charges.

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